Though it feels like we’ve been Zooming and FaceTiming and using Google Hangouts for an eternity, most of us have still not figured out how to look good on a video call. Luckily, a new feature on iPad Pro called Center Stage has launched, and without much effort, it can make you look just a little bit better on camera.
Center Stage only works on the ultra-wide front-facing cameras on the iPad Pro, and seeks to keep you in focus even as you move around the frame. That means if you have your iPad Pro propped up, the camera will follow you around, and automatically keep refocusing even as you move closer, further away, or to the side.
To activate Center Stage for FaceTime, open up “Settings” and tap “FaceTime.” Make sure the Center Stage switch is toggled on (just toggle it back off if/when you want to disable it). If you’re already on a FaceTime call, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen and toggle on or off from the menu that arises.
If you are not a regular user of Apple’s proprietary video calling app, they’ve also allowed the feature to be enabled on other video calling platforms, including Zoom. While on a Zoom call on an iPad Pro, you’ll see the option to turn Center Stage on or off on the left-hand sidebar, just below the options to switch your camera and active speaker view.
Now you can at least trust that your face will be in focus and in the frame, even if you move around. Exactly how your face looks (and what you are wearing or not wearing just out of view of the camera) is still entirely up to you.